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Retired Dunn couple recounts harrowing shovel attack

Posted September 6, 2012

— A retired Dunn couple says they are lucky to be alive after a man robbed them over the weekend and beat them in the head with a metal shovel inside their apartment in a senior-living community.

"I’m glad we’re still breathing," 75-year-old Barbara Evans said at her home Thursday, where she and her husband were recovering from the Sunday-evening attack. "I feel like God has a purpose for this happening to us."

Barbara Evans had to have 12 staples in her head. Husband Herbert Evans had to have 22.

The couple had just finished entertaining church friends around 9:30 p.m. at The Village Apartments and were in the kitchen when a man entered through their front door, attacked Herbert Evans, knocking him out of his wheelchair.

Barbara Evans said she thinks she forgot to lock the door when her friends left.

The next thing she knew, her husband, released from the hospital a week earlier after having pneumonia, was bleeding on the floor.

"He hit him first, then seen me and whacked me," she said. "I didn't have time to make any escape or anything. He just knocked me down on the floor, and of course, blood just started pouring everywhere."

The attacker, she said, rummaged through their bedroom and emptied out a small bag. Now, she's missing a pearl necklace.

Retired Dunn couple recounts harrowing shovel attack Retired Dunn couple recounts harrowing shovel attack

"Every time we tried to move, he kept saying, 'Don't look at me, look at the ground," Barbara Evans said. "Before he walked out the door, he said, 'Are you all right? I said, 'Yeah, I'm fine,' but under my breath, I'm praying, 'Lord, let him go.'"

Evans then managed to get to a neighbor's house for help.

"I couldn't get up off the floor to start with, because I was slipping in my blood, and I finally squirmed until I got to the door handle," she said.

She crawled outside, managed to get to her feet, then stumbled over to her neighbor's apartment.

"I had blood pouring off me, and (my neighbor) said that scared her too bad that she didn't want to open the door," Barbara Evans said.

Dunn police have no suspects, only a vague description of the couple's attacker.

Anyone with any information that could help investigators is asked to contact the Dunn Police Department.


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  • Lightfoot3 Sep 10, 2012

    Dear Lord, if you're really up there, could you take some time off from helping atheletes and country music stars, and punish this couple's attacker? Oh, and save a few children too while you're at it.

    I doubt this dude will be caught, but I could support state sponsored torture for criminals that attack the elderly, and children.

  • jahudson Sep 7, 2012

    These folks are related to my husband. And I think what they mean about God, is that they trust him and his ultimate good for them. He can use anything for His glory, even an awful attack like this. This senseless act of violence has not robbed them of their faith or trust in him. We live in a sad sick world who desperately needs to turn to God. Bad things happen, but God is still good all the time. It does not make sense, but that is where faith comes in. We are thankful that they are alive and recovering.

  • whyyoulikethat Sep 7, 2012

    Horrible!!! Similar to the Smithfield attacks...women, children, elderly....these attackers are seeking weaker prey. Hoping they are recover fully! On a side note, however, what is up with people thinking "God" let's this kinda thing happen for a reason???? "part of his plan"??? I don't get that AT ALL.

  • RaleighConservative Sep 7, 2012

    Let's hope some liberal judge gets this perpetrator on probation soon.

  • cnarron4 Sep 7, 2012

    I sure would like to do something te help them out! Maybe fix them a meal or two...run some errands for them...something!

  • connieleigh4 Sep 7, 2012

    I agree with all the comments posted! This person needs to be brought to justice! This is senseless!!!

  • puzzled Sep 7, 2012

    Look at some of the comments on the Smithfield shootings and you will see that someone on there thinks that if we had no consequences these kinds of crimes would not happen. Hello world, wake up. To bad these people did not have a semi automatic weapon an unload it into the assailant or assailants. Time for us passive citizens to stand up and become the aggressors.

  • ims1924 Sep 7, 2012

    WRAL/ Give us what you call the vague description of the attacker.

  • pedsRN Sep 7, 2012

    This man is the lowest form of scum. He deserves to get the same treatment from his fellow convicts when/if he gets caught.
    I hope there's a special place in Hades for persons like him.

  • passport423 Sep 7, 2012

    I find it interesting that the creep who did this asked after her health before he left the house! I am very glad they survived and hope they get this guy off the street.